There are several countries in Africa that allow hunting. There are vast differences in the countries and differences within each country from hunting area to area. All of the hunts that we conduct are legally operated with consent of the government and with legal licenses. All hunted trophies are allowed to be exported as a trophy to your taxidermist for preparation as you see fit (check with your countries import laws as certain animals may have extra paperwork). We believe that hunting should be a benefit to conservation and Africa, support the countries that are interested in the long term future of the animals, and benefit the local people. There are actually very few full time professionals in the business of safari hunting/outfitting, avoid part time guides and 'too good to be true' deals on hunts. Africa can be hunted on varying budgets and under most circumstances it is a real value for your hunting dollars in respect to number of animals hunted as well as experience and service.
When researching your outfitter and professional hunter (PH) take time to personally speak to an expert on Africa. Talk to both your PH and the outfitter that will be handling your experience Make sure that you can trust your professional hunter with your life and your outfitter with your money! You should be confident that your chosen safari company will look out for your best interests; not where they can make the most money or where they want you to hunt. Not all safari companies are created equal and there are major differences in what may appear to be similar hunting experiences. Allow us the opportunity to explain and prove to you what sets Bullet Safaris apart from the competition.
You book with us and you hunt with us. It's that simple. We are not a referral agency or agent; we don't take a cut of your payment and send you down the line to hunt with another operator or professional hunter. We have the expertise and professionalism to offer you the best experience possible and to tailor your safari to fit your needs. Contact us to realize the difference, our advice is free and we can get you on the right hunt!
We know the real up to date situation in the countries we operate and we clearly transfer the whole story to our clients. After we evaluate your safari goals and what's important to you, we go to work presenting you with various options. We will tell you the ups and downs of each option and help you to make an educated decision about your trip.
After your safari goals are set we will plan and arrange all the logistics of your trip while keeping you up to date on the details. All bookings are done with an itemized quote and a deposit to our company in the USA. We also assist with travel details, gun importation, airport services, and exportation of your trophies from Africa. The hunt is not over until your animals are back to your home.
Decide which animals you would like to hunt. After that general research please set a budget of what you want to spend on the trip. These are the two most important criteria to start a conversation about your hunt. Then we will pick a location that will suit your individual requirements and continue to adjust the many options until you are comfortable with the hunt.
Tanzania – The finest big game hunting destination in the world. Tanzania has it all! Remote areas, luxury tented camps, variety of species, and quality of animals make this country the premier destination for big game hunting. On average, these safaris come with the highest price tag, but if you are looking for a dangerous game hunt or a full bag safari your money is best spent here. The variety and quality of animals are well worth the cost. Tanzania offers remote wilderness camps complete with private East Africa safari style tents, cooked to order breakfast, picnic lunch in the field, 3 course dinners, hot/cold shower and flush toilet in your private bath, daily laundry, and fully trained staff and waiters.
Tanzania is the best destination for leopard and Lion hunting. We also have great buffalo areas and a variety of plains game is available on all hunts. Prized plains game animals are available in our areas including: lesser kudu, gazelles, fringed eared oryx, dik-dik, sable and Roan to name a few.
South Africa - Here we can hunt basically any animal Africa has to offer. Practically all hunting areas are privately owned; they are large and fenced private game reserves. The concessions that we hunt in South Africa are very large and offer fair chase conditions; not all operators are as selective in choosing their hunting areas. I have personally inspected all properties and we know which properties produce the best trophy quality for your desired species. South Africa offers the most comfortable and logistically sound safaris. Plains Game safaris are by far the most common hunt that we conduct in RSA. All types of dangerous game are available in South Africa. For most clients hunting the Big Four (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo) in South Africa is not the best way to go. The experience of hunting these animals is better suited to the large government concessions in Tanzania and Mozambique. For quality plains game animals, moderate to easy hunting conditions, variety of activities, ease of travel and logistic, fantastic food and lodging - South Africa is the way to go.
Mozambique – This beautiful country is still on the rebound from its 27 year civil war. The country is now safe and we have been hunting here without trouble since 2003. The people and the government are happy to have us in the country and very helpful. This is not the ideal destination for most first timers to Africa. The areas are big and remote. I personally love hunting in Mozambique! We have consistently taken excellent quality animals out of the areas that we hunt. The Safaris here take extra time and elbow grease. With this being said we prepare accordingly for your hunt in Mozambique. We start the ground work well in advance of your arrival by scouting and pre-baiting. The best hunts offered here are Croc and Hippo combinations and buffalo hunts. Leopard hunting can be good but Mozambique does not offer the density of leopard that our concessions in Tanzania can provide.
Touring safaris are set up with the same philosophy as our hunting safaris. We custom design your trip around your desires. We do not dish out cookie cutter tours, everyone is designed with a single person or group in mind.
From the wine lands and coast of the Eastern Cape to Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River; Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to The Kruger National Park in South Africa, luxury safaris to 'roughing it' – we offer it all!
Hunting and touring often go hand in hand. Don't rob yourself of the beautiful park and natural wonders that Africa has to offer. We set up and conduct multiple touring safaris throughout our season in Africa.
What to Bring On Your Safari
Keep in mind that this is a general list and will be adjusted for each individual safari.
One Light Rifle - 270, 30.06, 7mm Magnum, 300 Winchester Mag, 300 Magnum. With variable power scope (2x-7x, 3x-9x, etc.), rifle sling, 80 rounds of ammunition (we recommend Swift A-Frames or Barnes).
One Heavy Rifle (when required) - 375 H&H Mag, 458 Winchester Mag, 416 Remington, .470 N.E. etc. With low power variable power scope (1x- 6x), rifle sling, 30 rounds of ammunition (soft point), 30 rounds of ammunition (full metal jacket).
Hard gun case (1 case for both rifles is sufficient for airline travel), soft gun case per rifle (lightly padded zipper type for riding in the gun rack and transferring the rifle around camp ect)
Clothing - 3 pairs of cotton trousers (khaki or green), jeans if desired, 3 shirts (cotton, long sleeve), 1 khaki coat or lightweight brown down jacket with hood, 1 fleece, 1 wide brim hat (your choice), 5 dark T's, 5 underpants, 5 pair of socks, 1 belt, 1 pair of sport sandals, 1 pair tennis shoe, 1 pair of leather boots (lightweight, similar to those used for upland bird hunting), 1 down vest or wool sweater, 1 jogging suit for sleeping, sock hat, light leather gloves. Please make sure that your 'khaki' clothing is not too lightly colored. Dark brown or olive colored clothing is best.
Miscellaneous - folding knife, 2 chap-stick, 2 rifle shell holders and carrier (belt type), suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera and extra batteries, binoculars (your choice but 8x power are best for most African terrain), medications and recommended shots (see your doctor, malaria prophylactics are recommend for all areas outside of South Africa), personal travel kit (razor, toothbrush, etc.), hard candy (optional), flashlight with extra batteries, plastic bags (Ziploc small and large), extra prescription glasses (if required), lotion (for dry skin), wet wipes, duct tape, and Kleenex.
Other - Travel documents (have a folder with copies of all documents), passport, customs 4457 form, Visas (when required), reading material, phone numbers (foreign and home, etc.), confirmation of hotel reservations and/or car rentals, air tickets, money, medical records (as required), GPS (optional). Nights are cool and a jacket is usually required for riding on a truck or sitting outside near the campfire. Normal voltage supply in Africa is 220 volts-50 cycles and the plugs are specific to the country you will be in.
Please note: for travel it is best to keep all original documents and valuables in your carry-on. Your gun case is one checked piece of luggage, your duffle bag or suit case is your second. It is a good idea to keep a copy of your passport and customs form inside your gun case. You will typically pay extra for a third piece of checked luggage, you will pay extra if your bags are overweight. We have satellite phones in the camps and cell phones for each country – unless you are going to be using a lot of minutes save your money and use my communication devices (you will be billed for the minutes that you use but this is cheaper than bringing your own).
Gun Papers and transport: You will need a U.S. customs form 4457 for your guns, call them for the office closest to you. Every country is different on their firearm requirements. We will advise for each safari and assist with all import and export of your firearms.
In Tanzania you will need a yellow fever vaccination and malaria preventative. See your doctor. You will be issued a visa upon arrival and it currently cost 100USD.
In Mozambique you will need to get your visa ahead of time by applying to the Mozambique consulate general in the USA and sending in the appropriate documentation. You will also need malaria preventative.
In South Africa you will need a letter of invitation by the outfitter, a letter of intent from you (why are you bring a gun into the country?), a copy of your return plane ticket, copy of passport, South African temporary import document for a firearm (completed but not signed). Other paperwork is country specific, we will provide as needed.
Booking Your African Hunting Safari
Now you're ready for the adventure of a lifetime and the best hunting in the world. The next step is to contact us directly via email or phone and start a conversation about what you want to do in Africa. We will send you an itemized quote based on this and most likely several additional conversations that we have with you. Once the quote is accepted you will complete our simple paperwork and mail us a deposit to secure your hunt (keep in mind most safaris are booked at least 1 year in advance, our areas have limited quota on big game and it is important to plan ahead). Deposits are to be made via personal check written out to 'Bullet Safaris'. A confirmation of your hunt and deposit will be sent and then it is time to start preparing yourself with the needed gear and information.
What We Require:
A 50% non-refundable deposit on the daily rate to book your safari and reserve your dates in Africa
The remainder of the daily rate, travel fees, licenses, camp transfers and permits is due 60 days before your hunt begins. A Trophy fee deposit is also due at this time and the amount varies per hunt/country. This deposit is needed and must be in our account 60 days before your safari in order to be available to settle your accounts with the government in a timely fashion. This prevents you from traveling with excess money and the risks that go along with it.
*Other payment arrangements are approved on an individual basis. Irregular payment plans are discouraged as our system is efficient and works well. We do welcome smaller payment segments if that is more suitable to your cash flow. These payments will be recorded as they arrive to our office and fall under the same parameters as the larger payments; basically the hunt is confirmed once your payments equal 50% of the daily rate total. The final payment must total the remaining balance before the 60 day countdown to your departure.
**Deposits are none refundable regardless of the situation that arises.